The intake for a micro-hydro plant on the South Canal, outside Montrose, Colorado. The Delta Montrose Electric Association has developed such plants on the canal in partnership with local water users, who benefit from the revenue the plants generate.

A Battle Over Bringing Local Renewables To Rural Electric Co-ops

A rural electric co-op in western Colorado has started a high-stakes legal battle over putting more local renewable energy on its grid. The battled has pitted renewable energy advocates against traditional wholesale power providers, and it’s a fight that could help define the future of electricity generation in rural communities nationwide.